From left to right: Tom Heidenwirth, Chairman, Butler County Board of Supervisors; Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines NWS; Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator; Greg Barnett, Emergency Management Commission Member & Board of Supervisor Member; and Sheriff Jason Johnson, Emergency Management Commission Chairman.From left to right: Tom Heidenwirth, Chairman, Butler County Board of Supervisors; Kelsey Angle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Des Moines NWS; Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Management Coordinator; Greg Barnett, Emergency Management Commission Member & Board of Supervisor Member; and Sheriff Jason Johnson, Emergency Management Commission Chairman.NOAA’s National Weather Service has recognized Butler County as a StormReady county and becomes the 28th county in Iowa to receive the designation. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady sites have made a strong commitment to implement plans and resources in an effort to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today announced that he is extending the proclamation of disaster emergency for counties impacted by flooding in September.

Today’s extension will make the Iowa Individuals Assistance Program available until Dec. 7, 2016, for eligible residents in the following counties:

Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Howard, Jones, Linn, Louisa, Mitchell, Muscatine, Story, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Iowa following President Obama's federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of severe storms and flooding that occurred Sept. 21 - Oct. 3, 2016, announced Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek, and Wright counties.

Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad received word that President Obama approved his request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 counties impacted by severe storms and flooding September 21-23, 2016.

The counties included in the declaration are: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Wright.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed a letter to be delivered to President Obama requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance as a result of damage sustained in 19 Iowa counties from severe storms and flooding from Sept. 21-23, 2016.  The request does not include activation of the federal Individual Assistance program as the damage incurred did not meet the FEMA criteria.

The counties included in this request are: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Howard, Linn, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Wright.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad has received word that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request for disaster assistance for nine counties impacted by severe storms in September.

The counties included in the declaration are: Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, and Hardin. The governor sent the request to the SBA for a Physical Disaster Declaration on Oct. 6, 2016, in response to significant damage that was caused by severe storms and flooding from Sept. 21-Oct. 3, 2016.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today formally issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 counties in response to recent flooding.  The counties included in this proclamation include:  Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Delaware, Floyd, Franklin, Linn and Wright.

The governor’s proclamation allows State resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe flooding.  The proclamation also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program for residents of those 13 counties.  Gov. Branstad’s proclamation also activates the Iowa National Guard to assist in the response to, the mitigation of, and the recovery from the effects of the disaster as needed.

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